Summer sleeping

You guys. It is HOT in our house.

It’s 2 stories (heat rises), and the sun beats down on the back of the house in the afternoon.

Our bedroom is by far the hottest room in the house – which is extremely inconvenient since we always spend at least 8 hours/day in there, right?

Last summer I think we had a couple electric bills north of $150 for the month. Not great, considering our bills in the winter are less than $50. This summer I was bound and determined to save some of that money.

Just in order to get our bedroom cool enough to fall asleep, we were putting the AC down to 71 or so. Yea. $EXPENSIVE$

Of course, keep in mind that last summer we didn’t have any window treatments on any of our windows. AND I was getting home at midnight, so we often didn’t turn down the AC until *right* before we went to bed – so it would need to be on HIGH to make any difference.

This summer, we’ve got thick curtains that hopefully are helping hold in cold air AND reflect sun/heat. PLUS, since I quit and I’m home during the day, I can go upstairs to open the window around sunset to help cool the room earlier.

But even with all of that, some nights it’s just way too hot.

So instead I’ve been sleeping downstairs:

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Our downstairs stays cooler anyway, and there is virtually ZERO direct sunlight in our living room, so that room always stays the coolest.

Plus our couch is pretty fantastic and just about the size of a twin bed.

So all the nights that Andrew is recording over night and doesn’t come home til 5, 6, 7am, I just sleep downstairs.

In fact, between the new floor fan we got for downstairs (we love it) and opening the front window, it can be a little chilly in the mornings.

I love it.

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…. and our last electric bill was HALF of what it was last year at this time.

Plan for next summer?

We’re going to get another new floor fan and we’d like to get a futon for Andrew’s office before next summer.

He’s using the downstairs room for his office (which is a whole other story since the last you all heard, that was the guest room). It’s about halfway set up, so we’re hoping by next summer we’ll be able to get a futon for he or I to sleep on when it gets too hot. And then it can also double as another guest room if needed.

Do you guys have any smart tips for keeping a house cool? Particularly 2 stories?

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Schubert HQ: blinds for all the windows

When we bought the house, we just had the contractors take down ALL the window coverings (if there were any) and paint white.

We figured we would just start over. The house was vacant for a year before we moved – lord knows what was going on in there.

So we had bare windows when we moved in. We put up curtains on the front window right away (for obvious reasons), but the rest of the windows were bare until the end of May/beginning of June some time! Yup. More than a year later.

We put up curtains in our bedroom, but after that we had 2 bedroom windows upstairs, and a dining room and bedroom window downstairs that were bare. We decided to just put up blinds – Andrew didn’t want white, I didn’t want black, so we opted for a warm wood in all the rooms. It matches the floor on the downstairs of the house, so the color scheme of the whole house stays roughly together.

BEFORE:

Notice that the downstairs bedroom has light blocked with a sheet nailed up. Classy. And the upstairs room has light blocked with a couple big pieces of cardboard. Yup.

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AFTER:

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I mean, they’re just blinds, but the house feels so much nicer with them. PLUS the upstairs office that gets a lot of direct sunlight is staying a lot cooler with the blinds closed all the time.

I work in there in the mornings, blinds open and looking outdoors, and then close the blinds for the afternoon sun.

Also! If you come stay with us, there will be blinds on YOUR room too!

Win-win.

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First week all my own

As of Monday, I have been self-employed for 2 weeks. Admittedly, the 2 weeks were not “typical” for a few reasons …. and I don’t think I’ll have a “typical” week until … August or so. 12-hour working days + Andrew randomly off work on a Monday + going out of town + 4th of July? Totally a-typical. So, really, I’ve kind of just felt like I was on vacation for a couple weeks. I mean, vacation in which I had an insane to-do list. But, my (previous) day job never required me to care/pay attention when I wasn’t in the office so any day I was off work was truly off (from that job).

The last 2 weeks I’ve been able to combine hanging out with Andrew when he was home with intense periods of working on BUILD. It’s been kind of awesome. Since I’ve had so much to do between BUILD and 30Lists, the last couple weeks I’ve just been working CONSTANTLY. I have not done any of the housework I told Andrew I would do once I quit. I have not started the video game that I bought myself in November and have been saving ever since.

I’ll update you again when I figure out what my new schedule will look like – but I’ve literally been working 12 hour days almost every day for the last 2+ weeks so hopefully this is not my long term schedule.

Here’s a glimpse of what I did the first week of freedom …
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That first Monday I was off, Andrew *happened* to have off as well. LUCKY! So we got to go out together in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday!!

Previously – up until the end of 2012 – we literally only had Sundays off together. And even then it was only 3 out of every 4. The last few months, we’ve had Saturdays and Sundays together which has been magical. But now …. NOW WE HAVE ALL THE TIME! Andrew gets paid time off whenever his boss goes out of town, so now that I make my own schedule that means I can (theoretically) take that time off as well!!

So that first Monday, we visited the new library in our town! I love the library. I love that we live in an affluent suburb that can afford to build a new library (seems crazy, right?). And I kind of want to live in this library. I’ll do a full post about the library later…

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The girls seem to like having me home all the time. They follow me around the house and just sleep in the room where I’m working. They sleep pretty much all the time, which is nice since they’re usually SUPER obnoxious in the early mornings.

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I’ve been working in my office more and more – you’d think that that is what it was for, right? I am loving getting up early (5 or 6am range), grabbing my coffee and sitting at my office window. LOVE it. I love that I have this space. I just wish it wasn’t so hot in the afternoons. I’m looking forward to the fall and winter when I can work in there all the time.

Also this first week (and referenced in the picture below)? I was able to conduct an exclusive interview for BUILD in the middle of the afternoon. SO awesome to be able to tell Sarah “whenever you want, I’m home all the time.”

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My to do list has been under such a time crunch (definite BUILD launch date + going out of town) that I haven’t done hardly any housework. I intend to, of course. I don’t want Andrew to regret carrying so much of our financial load. But in reality, that first week of freedom I left dishes undone, closed my eyes to dirty floors and left piles of mail on our dining room table (among other things).

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But the girls following me around the house is probably going to be a regular thing now. Bless their hearts.

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This week:

Andrew is off work starting yesterday for almost a whole month (!!), I’ve got long to do lists for the upcoming 30 Days of Lists + this fall’s Onward and Upward AND we’re making plans to go out of town. And we have a ton of projects for around the house. I can’t even relax any more because the house to-do list is calling to me.

Not really a typical week :)

If you’re interested in quitting your day job too, take a look at my BUILD ecourse!

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Staycation

I love to travel

So I’m not one to plan a “staycation” ….. But sometimes Staycations find you.

Easter weekend happened to be right near my birthday (which I get off from work) and, of course, Good Friday (a “quasi holiday” that I also got off from work). Throw in an extra PTO day that Monday and all of a sudden I had a 5-day “weekend” with nothing planned!

LOVE IT.

Crammed the errands that needed to be done in on Friday morning, and spent the rest of the weekend around the house, reading a TON and tackling some of the long-standing items on my to do list.

FRIDAY:

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Visited the DMV (to renew my license. It has now been 5 years that we’ve lived in CA again), visited the library (favorite errand) and the grocery store.

Then I got home at about 12:30p …. with a wealth of time in front of me. MIRACULOUS.

I tell you, I was SO excited to have so much time off with nothing specific planned I was giddy.

So I read a novel….

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I don’t have any photos from the rest of the day, so I probably didn’t do much else :)

SATURDAY:

Andrew was home all day AND it was the day chosen for March’s Day in the Life project, so there are a ton of photos.

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Forced snuggles, computer work and Andrew made eggs for breakfast.

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Shower, made the bed, computer work and spent some more time reading this novel. I LOVED it. I think I finished it on Saturday, actually.

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In the afternoon, Andrew went out back to do some (much needed) yardwork, and brought the cats with him. We got them leashes (I know) so they can hang out in the yard with us/Andrew while we’re there.

Actually, we only had 1 leash, so Andrew took a quick trip to Petco to get a second.

Khaleesi crying because we left her inside:

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Andrew has been working on taking out all this weed/ground cover so we can till and replant grass and veggies and all. It’s a constant battle and we never seem to have enough time to make decent progress before the weeds come back.

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Problem with the leashes: Khaleesi is actually too small for it. She pulled a little too hard, dragged the chair which made a loud noise that scared her enough that she just *slipped* out of the leash.

Sigh.

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More reading and more computer work that night. It’s how I CHOOSE to spend my Saturday nights :)

SUNDAY:

Easter.

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Andy and Julie came over for lunch (we got Stonefire Grill)

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And then the rest of the day we just hung out. More reading, more computer work, and I *think* we marathoned several episodes of The Killing season 2.

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Andrew started craving sugar (I try not to buy any) so he took a quick trip to Albertson’s for some CHEAP donuts and cupcakes.

…. and I still had 2 full days off ahead of me!!

MONDAY:

VERY low-key day.
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I had a Skype chat first thing in the morning …. and then nothing else the rest of the day.

More reading (Andrew dragged one of our chairs over to the back door so he could sit int he sun like a lizard), more computer work, more TV marathoning.

We are so easy.

TUESDAY:

My 31st birthday!!!!

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Breakfast at the Egg Plantation. Breakfasts out are one of my favorite things!

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More reading. More computer work. More TV marathoning. In this last photo you can see that I wore PJ pants most of the day.

Pretty much the best 5 days off I could ask for.

Happy Birthday to me – and thank you Andrew for ALSO taking days off work!!

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Schubert HQ: To do list updated

I am ALWAYS thinking about more work that needs to be done on this house.

Today, check out our updated MASTER TO DO LIST for Schubert HQ

The first chunk was all done before we moved in …. the rest we’ve been doing little by little …. Updates since the last list are noted with bold and links when applicable.

I’ve also added more tasks (mostly to the backyard)

If you read all the way through this you can see that we’re kind of just living with a bunch of stuff until we have the time and money to fix them. Could be worse, though.

And, really, I’m so excited still about owning a house that I can do whatever I want with …. even if it means going SLOWLY.

  • remove all the trash and debris from the house
  • remove all the cabinets/counter from the kitchen
  • remove all mold from kitchen
  • remove all old floors throughout house
  • fix hole in kitchen ceiling
  • fix floorboards in bedroom
  • fix bathroom/kitchen leaks
  • new floors upstairs
  • new floors downstairs
  • paint all rooms (white)
  • take out fake closet in downstairs bedroom
  • reinforce beam below upstairs bedroom
  • replace broken front window
  • trim tree on side yard
  • get rid of mold in garage
  • add dining room light
  • new garage door opener
  • rekeyed front door
  • replace floor in front of garage
  • replace door into garage
  • fix AC going out of garage
  • paint exterior / red front door
  • new roof
  • rafters in garage
  • trim tree pushing on light post
  • scrape all ceilings
  • replace thermostat
  • replace all the windows with double panes
  • install solar panels
  • garage: add shelves above washer and dryer
  • garage: buy washer and dryer
  • master bathroom: new floor
  • master bathroom: shower door hanging crooked
  • master bathroom: clean clean clean - constant battle
  • master bathroom: buy trashcan
  • master bathroom: buy TP roll holder thank you Andrew
  • master bathroom: paint?
  • master bathroom: buy/hang towel racks
  • master bathroom: new toilet?
  • master bathroom: shelves?
  • master bathroom: light cover over sink
  • master bathroom: new floor
  • master bathroom: new vanity/sink
  • master bedroom: paintLOVE it
  • master bedroom: hang curtain rod - YES!
  • master bedroom: blinds – not doing this any more
  • master bedroom: hang artwork
  • master bedroom: buy/hang curtains - I am so in love with these. Post to come.
  • master bedroom: window screen - done for now, might need to redo it eventually
  • master bedroom: bookcases?
  • master bedroom: full length mirror
  • master bedroom: bedside tables
  • master bedroom: bedside lamps
  • master bedroom: hooks in closet interior
  • guest bedroom: blinds
  • guest bedroom: bed
  • guest bedroom: rug
  • guest bedroom: small dresser
  • guest bedroom: ceiling fan
  • guest bedroom: mirror - Found one in a box that works
  • guest bedroom: hang artwork
  • guest bedroom: paint
  • guest bathroom: new vanity
  • guest bathroom: new floor
  • guest bathroom: new tub
  • guest bathroom: fix shower
  • guest bathroom: new toilet
  • guest bathroom: big mirror
  • guest bathroom: new floor boards
  • guest bathroom: paint
  • guest bathroom: buy TP holder - $6 one installed
  • guest bathroom: towel racks
  • guest bathroom: buy shower rod - yep
  • guest bathroom: hang shower curtain - installed the one we got as a wedding gift so long ago
  • living room: see about building cupboard under stairs
  • living room: paint
  • living room: hem curtains
  • living room: rug
  • living room: smaller armchair
  • living room: make coffee tablewe actually got a hand-me-down that we like for now
  • living room: new or refinished entertainment center
  • living room: better lighting
  • living room: lamp for cornerwe got another hand-me-down that works for now
  • living room: DVD shelves
  • living room: side tables - we got a hand-me-down that works for now
  • living room: window screenthank you Andrew (also might need to get redone)
  • dining room: paint
  • dining room: window screen
  • dining room: rug
  • dining room: new table
  • dining room: chairswe have some. Need work though.
  • dining room: artwork?
  • sitting room: sand blast fireplace
  • sitting room: add bricks to fireplace
  • sitting room: add mantle to fireplace
  • sitting room: paint
  • sitting room: replace screen door
  • sitting room: hang artworksome. I’m not in love with them though.
  • sitting room: get armchair - LOVE the hand-me-downs we got.
  • sitting room: rug
  • sitting room: side tables
  • sitting room: new gas line for fireplace
  • Amy’s office: window screen - done for now
  • Amy’s office: window blinds
  • Amy’s office: bookshelves
  • Amy’s office: chalkboard paint
  • Amy’s office ceiling fan
  • Amy’s office: scrapbook bookshelf
  • Andrew’s office: window screendone for now
  • office bathroom: new vanity/sink
  • office bathroom: new floor
  • office bathroom: new tub?
  • office bathroom: paint
  • office bathroom: shelving or towel racks?
  • office bathroom: install skylight?
  • office bathroom: rehang doors so they close
  • kitchen: cabinet hardware
  • kitchen: Oven/range/hood
  • kitchen: dishwasher
  • kitchen: cabinet hardware installation
  • kitchen: sink
  • kitchen: faucet
  • replace kitchen cabinets
  • replace kitchen counters
  • replace kitchen tile
  • recaulk back windows
  • kitchen: backsplash
  • kitchen: hanging basket for onions/etc
  • kitchen: hooks for aprons - we’re using some hooks Andrew had in his childhood bedroom
  • kitchen: artwork
  • kitchen: rug for by sink
  • front yard: replace posts (brick)
  • front yard: create brick front porch
  • front yard: flower bed in front of porch
  • front yard: add lighting (to path/garage)
  • front yard: clean up/decorate entry way
  • front yard: weed around tree
  • front yard: trim treedone, but needs to be redone every year
  • front yard: till/plant grassdone. Love it. See the full post here.
  • front yard: clean or remove gravel
  • front yard: weed patch to side of driveway
  • front yard: plant in patch to side of driveway
  • backyard: replace shelf under kitchen window
  • backyard: remove “garden”
  • backyard: remove palm tree
  • backyard: fix flooding issue
  • backyard: mow grass
  • backyard: build trellis/patio overhang
  • backyard: plant trees
  • backyard: take out other tree
  • backyard: till dirt thoroughly
  • backyard: install privacy panels
  • backyard: take out tree
  • backyard: plant garden
  • backyard: plant grass
  • backyard: plant lilacs?
  • backyard: trim trees on side yard
  • backyard: fix back privacy panel
  • backyard: get bigger grill
  • backyard: hang lighting
  • sideyard: rebuild wall
  • sideyard: install gate
  • sideyard: remove dirt/rocks against house
  • sideyard: install cement/brick walkway
  • sideyard: remove lombardi tree
  • sideyard: clean leaves/debris from hill
  • sideyard: plant ground cover on hill
  • garage: clean out and rearrange
  • stairs: replace/repair pendant light
  • stairs: install some kind of window covering

Any ideas for Schubert HQ?

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New Year’s at Schubert HQ

SUPER exciting …. Andrew and I both had New Year’s Day off.

Between his crazy work schedule and my vacation black-out dates, we don’t get hardly any days off together.

In fact, in the 10+ years we’ve been together, we’ve only started to get weekends off together in the last couple months. True story. Finally makes me feel like a grown-up.

Anyway …. New Year’s Eve I worked til 8p, and we didn’t really do much that night. Saving it all for New Year’s Day! A WHOLE DAY off together ….

This is what we did …..

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Andrew laid on the couch all day with kleenex and throat lozenges within reach.

Poor thing.

The girls played with this new “toy” – a little string tied to the landing. I read and watched movies and worked on the computer.

And Andrew just stayed under the covers and slept.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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mowing our front lawn for the first time

Today I thought a little flashback to August when we Andrew got to mow our front lawn for the first time!

In order to allow the grass to take root as well as possible, we were instructed to allow about 3 weeks before mowing it. But because of schedules and lack of a lawn mower, it actually ended up being 4 or 5 weeks.

It got a little wild.

Finally, Andy (Andrew’s dad) took pity on us and gifted us his old lawn mower – so I guess we had no more excuses. Andrew set out to mow the lawn on a hot August afternoon.

It took him *awhile*. Since the grass was SO long, he had to empty the lawn mower bag multiple times.

 

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Aaaaand …. Andrew accidentally cut off a sprinkler. The grass was so high and the sprinkler was a bit high. When he mowed around the area he just lobbed off the top.

Oooops.

BUT …. it actually kind of worked out. Once the lawn was mowed, we discovered several square feet near the house (around the broken sprinkler actually) was still muddy and wet and hadn’t dried after a days of 100 degree weather. The grass wasn’t growing very well because it was way way too wet (you can kinda tell in this image above).

There was very obviously a leak somewhere around where the broken sprinkler was – before it was broken.

So we took the sprinklers off their timer, and ran the sprinklers manually in the morning. JUST the half that wasn’t near the back sprinkler. That didn’t work. There was still a leak and the water was still getting into the ground even without the sprinklers running. So we turned the sprinklers off altogether and watered by hand for a few days and it finally dried out.

Luckily, the landscaper we hired came out to take a look some afternoon we were at work. And he must have fixed whatever happened because it’s fine now. No more leaking. No more worrying about it.

Now we just have a beautiful front lawn, shaded by trees, that I want to spend the afternoon lying on with a book.

Andrew is not yet in the habit of mowing the lawn every weekend, but it’s manageable. :)

 

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DIY: personalizing house keys

This is the first time in our whole marriage that we are living somewhere that we plan to stay for awhile.

We actually intend to unpack all our boxes! We haven’t YET, of course, but since we’re not in the moving-in-a-year-or-two mindset, we really can make this place a home.

And part of that means giving copies of our keys to some friends and family.

The other day, on a routine trip to Lowe’s we got about 5 copies of our house key made. Just in case.

As these keys look exactly like everyone else’s keys I wanted to personalize them just a tiny bit so future key-holders would know that this is their access to Schubert HQ….

We still have a bit of paint leftover from painting the living room, and I LOVE love love that green, so I just pulled it out.

stirred it up a bit …

And then dipped *just the tip* of the key in the paint.

 

REALLY just dip a tiny tiny bit. It will still be enough to mark the key, but if you dip any more, the hole in the key (where the ring goes through) will fill with paint …   and the paint will get globby and dry strangely.

Ask me how I know.

SO I dipped all 5 of them ….

Now our spare keys are marked with a little bitty green to identify them as SchubertHQ keys.

I think the paint may eventually peel off, but at least initially they’ll be identifiable.

Do you do anything special for your spare keys?

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Schubert HQ: Guest room progress

Well, our guest room is as done as it is going to be until we can afford to buy a bed, etc …

There’s still a TON we want to do, but I figure since the room has already been slept in it is done enough to show you all …

Here’s just a glimpse at BEFORE:

There was this hastily put up closet on one end of the room (clearly not original to the building), and as it A) took up a whole wall and B ) was in the guest room, we opted to have it taken out …

We chose just a gray for the room – I’m planning on doing the furniture/bed sheets/etc in black and white

and two of the walls are filled with records. Filled filled filled ….

We need A LOT of wall space for Andrew’s collection, so this is where they will live for the forseeable future…

and now AFTER (so far)

We’ve hung a small mirror and this large black and white Marilyn Monroe portrait …

Our airmattress fits nicely in the room …. and we have 1 sad little lamp in one corner on the floor – because that’s basically all that we have for the room so far!

So! You are all welcome to come visit and stay with us …. but please don’t expect anything more than what you see here!

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Memorial Day

Monday morning Memorial Day!

The first Memorial Day in 4 years that I haven’t worked – previous years I volunteered to work for the overtime pay because I assumed Andrew would be working. And then he never did.

SO this year I elected to just take the day ….

We got up Monday morning and Andrew went right to work on changing the oil in my car …. because he is a crazy person.

And I love him for it.

My dad’s brother Ted and his family (Kristi, Spencer and Lucas) all live a few blocks away from our new house and they came over for breakfast on Monday morning!

God bless my parents for doing the necessary grocery shopping AND cooking for this crew!

It’s always fun to visit with the ‘other Hanns’ …. geeking out about the new Les Miserables movie with my uncle, for example… Talking about the idiocy of English professors with Spencer.

Finally, the Hanns left around 1p, and my parents left to drive back to AZ not long after that ….

So for the first time in 3 days our house was empty – but it only lasted a few hours as Angela stopped by for a bit and then more friends came over that night.

But in those few hours, what do you think we did? That’s right! ANDREW WENT BACK TO WORK ON THE HOUSE.

Maniac.

We really need to reseed the front lawn (we need to be all landscaped by mid-August for our HOA), and part of that project involves getting rid of ALL THIS gravel.

And there is a ton! …. more or less literally. I actually have no idea how much it is, but nearest the street the patch of gravel is about 6 feet wide and about 6″ deep

So, you know. A lot of rocks.

We’re going to end up keeping *some* of it for other projects, but the bulk of it we just need to haul away … (another post about that to come)

(Andrew is planning on building screens for all the windows, but in the meantime, this side window works perfectly for his outside-music-listening)

And finally, as a cap to our LONG weekend ….. Monday night Andrew invited over some friends for a record-listening-party.

Andrew’s record company (post to come) is putting out the LP of Justin’s band …. so we got the test lacquer the week prior and Andrew just needed Justin to OK it before we had all the actual records printed.

So, we had over Justin (photo below – Andrew has known since high school, and I’ve known since  1999 or 2000 or so), our friend Marie (who I’ve known since junior high and Andrew has known since high school)…. Jenae, Wallace, Jihae, Fernando and Jessica ….

Andrew grilled burgers, got some beers, and we listened to Justin’s band ….

I got them to finish the Marie Callendar’s pie from the night before, and the deviled eggs that Ted and Kristi brought over that morning.

And Andrew broke out the NES for some Mario Bros games!

We finally got to bed around 130a or so ….

I woke up Tuesday morning still exhausted and physically sore …. and I spent the rest of last week just relaxing …. because apparently I am OLD!

But we had such a great long Memorial Day weekend!

What did you do for Memorial Day?

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taking a local gardening class

Completely randomly a few weeks ago I just Google’d ‘Santa Clarita gardening class’ … and found a free composting class just a few blocks away from our house!

The County of Los Angeles is putting on these ‘smart gardening’ workshops in all kinds of cities in the area … (They also offer a series of gardening instructional videos that I need to watch).

Since the workshop was just a few blocks away from my house, I left at the last minute and was totally surprised to find the park completely crowded! So, uh … somehow I didn’t even notice that the city was having an “open house” event at the same place as the composting class!

I invited Julie to meet me there, and by the time we arrived (about 1 minute after the class was scheduled to start), ALL the seats were taken plus some more people standing around …

The man teaching the composting class was this adorable older guy who clearly loves gardening, loves his yard/property and has been composting/gardening for a long time…

He talked about treating his worm-composting worms like pets (if you’re going to be away from home for more than a couple weeks, be sure to have someone look in on them), and all excited about what he’s able to grow in his yard, giving hints about having your neighbors save their veggie scraps for you …

I kind of love him

The park/city division has this whole local-plant garden surrounding the area. Including signage/etc that describes what you’re looking at (recycling grass, drought-resistant, etc).

Such a fun Saturday morning! I went straight home and walked around our yards thinking about where we would put our compost bin, our herb garden and other goodies!

Can’t wait til next spring when the house is more put together and we can really focus on the yard!

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a day at home

Now that we have bought our house … our days off together are FILLED with house work. Our to-do list is plenty long to keep us busy for awhile, and it’s so nice to work on those things TOGETHER.

Team Schubert.

At the end of April, Andrew and I had a Sunday together ….

I think this shot below is the closest I’ll get to a ‘BEFORE’ shot of this side yard … Full of leaves and twigs and junk.

Not only yardwork – which he had to quit when the trash barrel was full – but touching up paint in the guest room and the living room ….

Around 5p Fernando called us and invited us over – one of the perks of living in SCV!

They live only a mile and a half away, so we stopped by the grocery store (a few blocks from our house) for drinks and headed over for pizza with Fernando and Jessica….

I got a bunch of ideas for our backyard from visiting F&J

Lovely lovely Sunday …. these are the kinds of days I would do all the time if we had more days off together ….

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Schubert HQ to-do list

Just after we closed Escrow, my brain was going CRAZY trying to remember all the things that HAD to be done to Headquarters, as well as all my ideas for sprucing up the place beyond just making it livable.

In order to organize these plans, as well as *try* to keep track of what we’re spending, and to keep track of what we still want to do, I created a Google Doc for Andrew and I to share. Although, I’m not sure he’s ever looked at it.

Regardless, I now have a record of all the work that has been done to the house and all the things we want to do moving forward. Now that the kitchen is installed, the windows no longer leak and the house is LIVABLE, the rest of our To-Dos are primarily dependent on our cash flow.

So, some of these may stay undone for awhile.

But, so you can keep track along with us ….

Tasks that were basically completed before we moved in

  • remove all the trash and debris from the house
  • remove all the cabinets/counter from the kitchen
  • remove all mold from kitchen
  • remove all old floors throughout house
  • fix hole in kitchen ceiling
  • fix floorboards in bedroom
  • fix bathroom/kitchen leaks
  • new floors upstairs
  • new floors downstairs
  • paint all rooms (white)
  • take out fake closet in downstairs bedroom
  • reinforce beam below upstairs bedroom
  • replace broken front window
  • trim tree on side yard
  • get rid of mold in garage
  • add dining room light
  • new garage door opener
  • rekeyed front door

To be done after we moved in (March 10). Some of these are BIG (buy washer and dryer). Some of these are SMALL (buy hanging basket for kitchen). The crossed out items have been completed as of 5/2… almost entirely thanks to Andrew:

  • replace floor in front of garage
  • replace door into garage
  • fix AC going out of garage
  • paint exterior / red front door
  • new roof
  • rafters in garage
  • trim tree pushing on light post
  • scrape all ceilings
  • replace thermostat
  • replace all the windows with double panes
  • install solar panels
  • garage: add shelves above washer and dryer
  • garage: buy washer and dryer
  • master bathroom: new floor
  • master bathroom: shower door hanging crooked
  • master bathroom: clean clean clean
  • master bathroom: buy trashcan
  • master bathroom: buy TP roll holder
  • master bathroom: basket for TP
  • master bathroom: paint?
  • master bathroom: buy/hang towel racks
  • master bathroom: new toilet?
  • master bathroom: shelves?
  • master bathroom: light cover over sink
  • master bathroom: new floor
  • master bathroom: new vanity/sink
  • master bedroom: paint
  • master bedroom: hang curtain rod
  • master bedroom: blinds
  • master bedroom: hang artwork
  • master bedroom: buy/hang curtains
  • master bedroom: window screen
  • master bedroom: bookcases?
  • master bedroom: full length mirror
  • master bedroom: bedside tables
  • master bedroom: bedside lamps
  • master bedroom: hooks in closet interior
  • guest bedroom: blinds
  • guest bedroom: bed
  • guest bedroom: rug
  • guest bedroom: small dresser
  • guest bedroom: ceiling fan
  • guest bedroom: mirror
  • guest bedroom: hang artwork
  • guest bedroom: paint
  • guest bathroom: new vanity
  • guest bathroom: new floor
  • guest bathroom: new tub
  • guest bathroom: fix shower
  • guest bathroom: new toilet
  • guest bathroom: big mirror
  • guest bathroom: new floor boards
  • guest bathroom: paint
  • guest bathroom: buy TP holder
  • guest bathroom: towel racks
  • guest bathroom: buy shower rod
  • guest bathroom: hang shower curtain
  • living room: see about building cupboard under stairs
  • living room: paint
  • living room: hem curtains
  • living room: rug
  • living room: smaller armchair
  • living room: make coffee table
  • living room: new or refinished entertainment center
  • living room: better lighting
  • living room: lamp for corner
  • living room: DVD shelves
  • living room: side tables
  • living room: window screen
  • dining room: paint
  • dining room: window screen
  • dining room: rug
  • dining room: new table
  • dining room: chairs
  • dining room: artwork?
  • sitting room: sand blast fireplace
  • sitting room: add bricks to fireplace
  • sitting room: add mantle to fireplace
  • sitting room: paint
  • sitting room: hang artwork
  • sitting room: get armchair
  • sitting room: rug
  • sitting room: side tables
  • sitting room: new gas line for fireplace
  • Amy’s office: window screen
  • Amy’s office: window blinds
  • Amy’s office: bookshelves
  • Amy’s office: chalkboard paint
  • Amy’s office ceiling fan
  • Amy’s office: scrapbook bookshelf
  • Andrew’s office: window screen
  • office bathroom: new vanity/sink
  • office bathroom: new floor
  • office bathroom: new tub?
  • office bathroom: paint
  • office bathroom: shelving or towel racks?
  • office bathroom: rehang doors so they close
  • kitchen: cabinet hardware
  • kitchen: Oven/range/hood
  • kitchen: dishwasher
  • kitchen: cabinet hardware installation
  • kitchen: sink
  • kitchen: faucet
  • replace kitchen cabinets
  • replace kitchen counters
  • replace kitchen tile
  • recaulk back windows
  • kitchen: backsplash
  • kitchen: hanging basket for onions/etc
  • kitchen: hooks for aprons
  • kitchen: artwork
  • kitchen: rug for by sink
  • front yard: add porch to front of house
  • front yard: replace posts (brick)
  • front yard: create brick front porch
  • front yard: flower bed in front of porch
  • front yard: add lighting (to path/garage)
  • front yard: clean up/decorate entry way
  • front yard: weed around tree
  • front yard: trim tree
  • front yard: till/plant grass
  • front yard: clean or remove gravel
  • backyard: replace shelf under kitchen window
  • backyard: remove “garden”
  • backyard: remove palm tree
  • backyard: fix flooding issue
  • backyard: mow grass
  • backyard: build trellis/patio overhang
  • backyard: plant trees
  • sideyard: rebuild wall
  • sideyard: install gate
  • sideyard: remove dirt/rocks against house
  • sideyard: install cement/brick walkway
  • sideyard: remove lombardi tree
  • sideyard: clean leaves/debris from hill
  • sideyard: plant ground cover on hill

I’m pretty sure this is not all … But we’ll keep you posted ….

Any ideas for Schubert HQ?

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Schubert HQ: painting

Full reveals of each room to come …. eventually….

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the bedroom is my haven

As you can imagine, it’s been a bit chaotic around here.

We’ve got all of the unpacking to do still – since the kitchen isn’t installed we have no where to unpack our kitchen, and we don’t actually own enough bookshelves to hold all the books we own. So there are boxes everywhere. Plus all the list of things that have basically gone wrong since we moved in ….

Through all that, the master bedroom has been my haven…

(Andrew just happened to be in there while I was taking photos)

I’ve made the bed basically every day since we moved in.

I hardly ever did before, but here I just need there to be the one space that looks nice, is done and is livable and does not look chaotic.

There are still some things we want to do in here – paint, hang curtains, hang artwork above the bed, maybe make a little reading nook – but for the most part the room is DONE (enough).

It’s a huge huge room.

I think what we will eventually do (after it’s painted) is move the dressers to the walls on either side of the bed, and then the other half of the room we’ll have space for a little reading chair, or book shelves or really anything.

It’s a HUGE room…

But for the moment, I am content just sitting on the nicely made bed, checking my email and ignoring the wreck of the rest of the house for a brief time….

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